Cindy Sherman - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Piero Bruno, Taranto
    Galleria Marsilio Margiacchi, Arezzo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cindy Sherman Retrospective, November 2, 1997-February 1, 1998; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, February 28-May 31, 1998; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, June 25-August 23, 1998; Barbican Art Gallery, London, September 10-December 13, 1998; CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, February 6-April 25, 1999; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, June 4-August 29, 1999; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, October 1, 1999-January 2, 2000 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    P. Schjeldahl and I. M. Danhoff, Cindy Sherman, New York, 1984, p. 88 (illustrated)
    R. Krauss, Cindy Sherman 1975-1993, New York, 1993, p. 116 (illustrated)
    C. Manzo and G. di Pietrantonio, Cindy Sherman, Foggia, 1996 (illustrated)
    A. Cruz, E. A. T. Smith and A. Jones, Cindy Sherman Retrospective, London, 1997, p. 121 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Cindy Sherman

    American • 1954

    Seminal to the Pictures Generation as well as contemporary photography and performance art, Cindy Sherman is a powerhouse art practitioner.  Wily and beguiling, Sherman's signature mode of art making involves transforming herself into a litany of characters, historical and fictional, that cross the lines of gender and culture. She startled contemporary art when, in 1977, she published a series of untitled film stills.

    Through mise-en-scène​ and movie-like make-up and costume, Sherman treats each photograph as a portrait, though never one of herself. She embodies her characters even if only for the image itself. Presenting subversion through mimicry, against tableaus of mass media and image-based messages of pop culture, Sherman takes on both art history and the art world.

    Though a shape-shifter, Sherman has become an art world celebrity in her own right. The subject of solo retrospectives across the world, including a blockbuster showing at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a frequent exhibitor at the Venice Biennale among other biennials, Sherman holds an inextricable place in contemporary art history.

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Untitled #120

color photograph
34 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. (87.6 x 55.2 cm)
Signed, numbered, and dated "Cindy Sherman, 15/18, 1983" on the reverse. This work is number 15 from an edition of 18.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York